You may notice the phrase, "Even a child is known by his doings..." meaning that everyone including children are known by their doings, or actions, and activities. In other words, no matter the age of the person, they will be known by what they do and how they act.
Jesus put it this way in Matthew 7:20, "Wherefore by their fruits ye shall know them." Today, we would say things like, "Talk is cheap." Or, "The proof is in the pudding." The point being, how we act and what we do is a GOOD indication of WHO we really are. In an age where there is a lot of talk, actions still speak louder than words! Our outward actions are actually a good indication of what is goi
going on within our own hearts and minds. By our very actions (doings), we are proclaiming to those around us what is really going on in our hearts regardless of the words coming out of our mouths.
Do not kid yourself! People form an opinion of us based on their observations of our actions. Proverbs 20:6 -- "Most men will proclaim everyone his own goodness; but a faithful man who can find?" In an age where many will tell you how good they are, their actions still say more about them as individuals than their words do. For example, to use the words of a Johnny Flanagan Christian song; "Your walk talks, and your talk talks, but your walk talks louder than your talk talks! Confused? It is simple. Let's make sure that our "walk" and our "talk" match! As Christ-like examples, realize that our children and others will not "Do as we say", but instead will "Do as we do!" When others observe our lives, will they conclude that our "work is pure and right?" Is in accordance with God's Word? Or would their assessment be otherwise?
~ Pastor John A. Lyons, Bible Baptist Church, Odessa, TX - From "Call to Glory" A Devotional Guide
Second, we should preach His testimony (I Corinthians 2:1-4). Paul preached God's testimony faithfully and in the power of God. We as believers are called to declare His declaration. We are ambassadors for Christ to proclaim His message to a lost and dying world (2 Timothy 1:8). Keep in mind, it is the testimony of God (the Gospel) that truly changes lives. What we have heard in secret we should be proclaiming upon the housetops. Do you tell others the greatest story ever told, "Christ receiveth sinful men," through His shed blood?
Third, we need to protect His testimony. We need to keep the message pure by not adding or subtracting from it. Many today are soft soaping the Gospel to gain a crowd and not to offend, but because of this, hell hath enlarged itself. (Isaiah 5:14) We also need to keep the messenger pure. When we are an unclean vessel, it hurts His testimony. We need to protect His testimony by protecting ours! When our lives do not match our lips, it brings shame on His testimony and hurts the influence of the Gospel. People will not think much of His testimony if we don't think much of ours. We all need to be like Elisha who was "very jealous for the Lord God of Hosts."
~ Pastor James Gugino, Lighthouse Bible Baptist Church, Webster, NY - From "Call to Glory" A Devotional Guide
Read: Proverbs 20
Read: Matthew 2
What made the wise men wise? Not their creativity or cunning. Their study of Daniel, who had been Prime Minister of both Babylon and Persia, informed them that the Messiah was soon to come. They saw a new star, realized God had done something, and followed His star. They came to Jerusalem, found that the Scripture specified Bethlehem, and followed the Scripture. The star returned. They followed it again to the house in Bethlehem and found the Lord Jesus where they again did what the Scripture teaches us to do when we meet God. They bowed down and worshiped. Then God warned them of Herod, and they followed His directions and went home another way. Today they are called wise men!
We admire creative people, imaginative people, but folks who do as they are told are ridiculed and called dull and dim. However, when it comes to wisdom, the person who listens to and follows the omniscient One is following the most knowledgeable Being of all. So you can put your life together on your own and hope you get lucky -- or follow God and be wise!
~ Dr. Ray T. Love, Pastor, Tri-State Baptist Church, Charles town, WV - From "Call to Glory" A Devotional Guide
I am typical of a lot of men I know who have bought items labeled "Some Assembly Required" but decided that following the directions is optional. Recently, a good member of my church and I put together a basketball goal for the church. We first did it the wrong way. Then we tried it another way. After only failure ensued, we read and followed the directions! Some similar parts were different in tiny significant ways and some parts had to be put on exactly right. The directions were absolutely essential. Once we started following the directions, we looked positively intelligent and the goal was assembled.
First, we should believe His testimony (I Corinthians 2:5). God has declared truth concerning His Son and it is to be believed (2 Thessalonians 1:10). We are to believe God's testimony that Christ died for our sins, was buried, and rose again to redeem us from the penalty of our sins. Have you trusted what God has said about His Son? Have you believed God's testimony concerning the payment for your sins?
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